The rockets that rained down on Israel on Monday were fired from Hamas’ new A120 rocket launchers.
The “A120” is said to have a range of about 120 km and was seen in footage shared by Hamas of a long rocket being loaded by masked terrorists into a launcher in the Gaza Strip. The rocket is similar to the R-120 which Hamas boasted as its longest-range domestically-made rocket, first fired in the 2014 war, writes The Jerusalem Post.
The A200 is one of the latest Chinese Weishi artillery rocket systems. Recently a large number of new artillery rocket systems of various calibers were developed in China. Actually the A200 is an export name.
Hamas has a huge inventory of shorter-range systems like the Qassam (up to 10km or 6 miles) and the Quds 101 (up to about 16km); bolstered by the Grad system (up to 55km); and the Sejil 55 (up to 55km). These probably make up the bulk of its inventory and for the shortest ranges can be bolstered by mortar fire. It also operates a variety of longer-range systems like the M-75 (up to 75km); the Fajr (up to 100km); the R-160 (up to 120km); and some M-302s which have a range of up to 200km, BBC News reported.
Israel says 90% of over 1000 rockets been fired since May 10 were intercepted by the Iron Dome system. Their forces retaliated by carrying out hundreds of airstrikes on Gaza strip. Israeli fighter jets reportedly bombed sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups, in addition to security and police buildings.
Heavy bombardment continued into Thursday.
Israel says it killed as many as 10 senior Hamas military figures and toppled a pair of high-rise towers housing Hamas facilities. Hamas confirmed that its Gaza City commander, Bassem Issa, was killed in an Israeli air raid along with other senior members of the group.
Gaza’s Ministry of Health said the overall death toll since the start of the latest offensive stood at 83. More than 300 others have been wounded.
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